Desco has been operating as a distribution company since 1998 mainly in the capital city’s north-western and eastern parts, including Mirpur, Uttara, Gulshan, Banani, Baridhara and Badda and also part of Gazipur having a consumer base of about 1.053 million.
The upcoming Purbachal Model Town will also be under its operational area.
Desco consumers currently use about 1070 MW of electricity while areas under Dhaka Power Distribution Company (DPDC), another distribution entity, consumes about 1,650 MW.
Dhaka city’s south-western, central and eastern parts and also a part of Narayanganj district is under the DPDC.
At present, 535,085 Desco consumers in parts of Mirpur, Uttara and Tongi are using pre-paid meters.
Desco officials said mainly the residential and small-scale commercial consumers which have maximum 50 kilowatt consumption and known as low-tension (LT) consumers will receive the smart prepaid meters.
Nearly 40,000 high-tension (HT) consumers, mainly large commercial and industrial structures, will not receive the new smart meters, they said.